Photos of arms seizure circulate on Facebook with France implicated • FRANCE 24 English

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Several photos showing an arms seizure in Burkina Faso are circulating on Facebook. France is directly accused of sending weapons via Burkina Faso to terrorists in eastern Mali. This is not the first time these photos have circulated online. France 24 Observers debunked some of them back in 2019 – we take a closer look at why they have now resurfaced. 

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The video item below is a piece of English language content from France 24. France 24 is a French state-owned international news television network based in Paris.

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